Tuesday, December 27, 2011

World Bird Wednesday - Royal Spoonbills

A walk by the Barwon River on Christmas afternoon yielded these Royal Spoonbills. These birds are about 75 cm tall and the remarkable black bill is a giveaway as to which of your two species you are looking at.

Had I not been wearing semi-smart sandals (you can tell I live in Australia – I have dress sandals!) I may have got involved in a bit more wading and mud hopping to get closer to the birds. But, as it was Christmas day I decided that discretion was the better part of valour!






You can find more birds from around the world at World Bird Wednesday.










You can also see the most recent post on my other blog by clicking the Paying Ready Attention picture on the RHS of the screen.

Enjoy the birds.

14 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Your Spoonbills are cool looking birds. I would love to see them in person. Great shots.

TexWisGirl said...

what cool black spoons! and, yes, i'm guessing you made a wise choice on the sandals...

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Love the spoonbills -- another variety from the ones we have here, but just as interesting.

The two kinds of sandals bit sounds a lot like Florida.

EG Wow said...

Oh lucky you to have sighted these royal spoonbills!

FYI: I too have sandals I don't wear just anywhere. :)

joo said...

They are so interesting to watch!
Have a nice last days of this year:)

holdingmoments said...

I'd love to see a Spoonbill.
I think the ones we get here occasionally are different to these.

Gary said...

Great captures, Stewart. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Andrew said...

Fantastic birds to see... lovely images.

bailey-road.com said...

They are really beautiful birds!

CameraCruise said...

Great shots!
Wish I could see those beautiful birds here.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Those are really neat birds which I would love to see but you have me thinking, "dress sandals"? I barely have a pair of dress shoes.

Springman said...

Excellent capture Stewart. I don't blame you a bit for saving your "semi-smart sandals" from unnecessary wear and tare but, I could never understand why descretion was the better part of valour.
Happy New Year!

NicoleB said...

Lovely catches! I envy you for these guys. I just love those big beaks :)

Hilke Breder said...

Happy New Year, Stewart! I know what dress sandals are. They have them in Germany too, worn with socks, very proper. Love your spoonbills!